- The Washington Times - Friday, March 31, 2000

Vicious truth

"Hollywood has never, not once, made a movie or documentary about the whole terrible tragedy of Soviet Communism: the mass murders by Lenin and the Reds, the bloody purges by Stalin, the forced starvation of whole nations, especially the Ukraine, the murder of whole classes, the making of a nation into a terrorized cattle car of tattletales and victims… .
"Why has Hollywood never done a movie about this? Why do documentaries like CNN's dreadful 'Cold War' skirt the truth about Soviet genocide against its own people? …
"What is the attraction of this evil system for Hollywood and for 'intellectuals' generally that keeps them from facing the truth about how vicious Communism is?"
Benjamin J. Stein, writing on "Life Goes On," in the April issue of the American Spectator

Slipping into wifehood

"About a year ago, my partner (it's so hard to figure out what to call him) of three years knowing that I would squirm at a grand gesture timidly handed me a candy ring and suggested we might formalize our relationship.
" 'Me, a wife!?' I thought to myself. My associations with the word were fairly grim: It was one syllable away from 'housewife' with whatever pejorative connotations that [it] carries; there was 'wife-beating,' Henny Youngman's oft-repeated 'Take my wife, please' and the vaguely terrifying 'Stepford wife.' In line with Carol Gilligan, my ego had barely survived the leap from girlhood into womanhood, let alone wife-hood …
"I told Daniel I was committed to him, but as for the rest, I just didn't know … Nevertheless, Daniel suggested I take the next week to think about a public ceremony. Since then, the clock has been ticking and Daniel has been announcing me as his committed one, which has the added meaning (a bonus!) of referring to me as an inmate of an institution for the mentally unsound.
"The process of sorting it all out has made two things clear: Just how much I object to participating in my own white wedding and just how much the rest of the world insists upon it … For me, the idea of stepping into those white slippers walks not only us but our foremothers into never-never land. And if we're ever going to clarify the distorted picture of women that history offers us, that's not a step we ought to take … Truth is, no one I talk to wants to deconstruct the fairy tale. They just want to know, 'When's the date?' "
Sarah Blustain, writing on "Should I? Shouldn't I? A 'feminist' confronts a marriage proposal," posted March 17 on www.jewishworldreview.com

Changing the game

"[After Republicans won Congress in 1994] the Left, out of power, began to learn. Clinton was desperate. He was not going to survive unless he changed the game, and he did… .
"The Left also build a new media and spin system. If we lose the presidential election in 2000, this will probably be the biggest single factor… . They made a decision: they did not care what the editorial page said because nobody read it. They did not care what the evening news said because nobody watched it. They wanted to be on 'Entertainment Tonight,' they wanted to be on David Letterman, they wanted to be on the soap operas… .
"They also understood that media bias would save them over and over again. Michael Barone … has observed that everywhere in the industrial world, the media is essentially on the left… . I suggest the odds are at least even money that by November, the person the Republicans nominate [for president] will be almost unrecognizable as the same person to average Americans, because the media will subject the nominee to an unending, relentless, hostile redefinition."
Newt Gingrich, writing on "Political Lessons for 2000," in the April/May issue of the American Enterprise

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